Sandro Miller, an American photographer, wanted to celebrate the great photographers who have inspired him by recreating famous photos from the past. Hollywood actor John Malkovich became Miller’s unisex model for the creation of the photo series titled “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”
Miller used his exceptional skills to make sure that the lighting, mood and composition of the recreated photos were the same as those of the original portraits. He has done a really good job, and what’s amazing is that he has worked on this series without using Photoshop. No, he hasn’t used Gimp either. And to add perfection to the images, Malkovich is using his superb acting skills to recreate the expressions and emotions of the subject.
Miller said: “John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”
Malkovich, of course, is a great actor. But some of the photos seem incomplete. An example is the recreated photo you see above. Malkovich seems to have failed to replicate the emotion of the “Migrant Mother”, just like he has failed in some of the images below. You just have to look at his eyes. And Miller could have avoided the recreation of Marilyn in Pink Roses (I’m going to have nightmares).
Check out all the images and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue (1951)
Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973)
American Gothic, Washington, D.C. (1942)
Bette Davis (1971)
Che Guevara (1960)
Ernest Hemingway (1957)
Self Portrait (Fright Wig) (1986)
Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967)
Jack Nicholson, London (1988) (A)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980)
Marilyn in Pink Roses (from The Last Session, 1962)
Mick Jagger “Fur Hood” (1964)
Pablo Picasso, Cannes, France (1957)
Salvador Dalí (1954)
Three Horses (1905)